Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 17

Jul 16, 2023

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 17 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions and links are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events on our Training Calendar.

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Online Conferences

July 18-20
Smithsonian National Education Summit (Smithsonian)
Get ready for an exceptional professional learning opportunity! Join the Smithsonian’s free, annual National Education Summit from July 18–20 for classroom-ready ideas to take back to your school! You’ll find in-person workshops and online sessions for preK–12 educators, librarians, media specialists, and policymakers.


Monday, Jul 17 (12-1 pm)
DK School & Library Fall 2023 Preview (Booklist)
Get a glimpse of DK’s top children’s and adult titles coming in fall 2023—from decodable books and brand-new reference to inspirational reads and cookbooks from well-known chefs—including our newest Spanish-language offerings.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (10-11 am)
Delegitimizing Censorship: Countering Anti-Democratic Rhetoric (EveryLibrary Institute)
This webinar examines the ways in which rhetoric of censorship operates, the ways it risks becoming normalized, and the ways in which libraries, librarians, and their supporters can work to counteract and delegitimize this rhetoric.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (10-11am)
Reproductive Health and the Reference Desk: How libraries can provide information in a post-Roe country (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
It has been over 1 year since the U.S. Supreme Court repealed Roe v. Wade. Abortion is now illegal in a significant portion of the country. What does this mean for information access? This webinar will discuss reproductive health as an information access concern, introduce the Reproductive Justice framework, and offer ideas for how libraries can provide create environments that are supportive of sexual and reproductive health information.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (12-1pm)
Sustainability 101 (WebJunction)
Start here for an overview of our profession’s newest core value, Sustainability, as adopted by the American Library Association in 2019. Identify the four characteristics of a sustainable library and learn how the triple bottom line definition of sustainability can be used to adapt library operations, service and program design, and partnerships in our community, to respond to the impacts of climate change. This webinar will focus on introductory concepts that will set the stage for the other offerings in this series.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (12-1 pm)
Fall Series Nonfiction (Booklist)
What fantastic titles do series nonfiction publishers have to share with readers this fall? Join us for a free one-hour webinar featuring Jump! Library, Bearport Publishing, Rosen Publishing and Nomad Press as representatives from those fabulous publishers will tell us all about their fantastic upcoming series nonfiction!

Tuesday, Jul 18 (1-2 pm)
Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Incorporate Strengths in Your Grant Proposals (CharityHowTo)
During this 60-minute webinar, led by Alice Ruhnke of GrantStation, you’ll learn how to infuse your grant proposals with strengths and solutions. You’ll see how to highlight assets, so funders know you’re a great investment.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (1-2 pm)
Cut Costs and Get Creative with Nonprofit Appeals (Firespring)
Fundraising, as we know it, has shifted in these uncertain times. But that doesn’t mean we should stop asking for support. As nonprofits, we’re no stranger to cutting costs and finding ways to be creative. If you’re in crisis mode, join us for this informative session with Firespring’s director of nonprofit solutions, Kiersten Hill, followed by an interactive Q&A.

Tuesday, Jul 18 (5-6 pm)
Get Ready for National Friends of Libraries Week (United for Libraries)
Library Friends groups of all sizes will learn new and innovative ideas for celebrating. National Friends of Libraries Week (Oct. 15-21, 2023). Find out how to kick off your planning, what free materials are available to download, and how to engage your library and community.

Wednesday, Jul 19 (8-9 am)
Using Table Top Role-Playing Games to teach, from pre-K to adult learning (Indiana State Library)
Tabletop role-playing games (TTRPGs) are an immersive tool to help students engage with and experience curriculum material in an enjoyable way while also practicing key social emotional and problem-solving skills.  Join Steph Campbell, an engineering professor, a TTRPG writer, and owner/writer for TTRPGkids as they share their experiences from both pre-K and college level applied TTRPG experience.

Wednesday, Jul 19 (12-1pm)
Developing a Compelling Teaching Philosophy Statement (Niche Academy)
In this one-hour webinar, Mark Aaron Polger will help participants reflect on their teaching methods and compose a succinct teaching philosophy statement. This document will articulate your teaching beliefs, values, and assessment activities – and serve as a roadmap that will help navigate your teaching practices. At the end of this webinar, learners will be able to identify their personal theory of learning, articulate their teaching beliefs; practices, and values; provide examples of assessment techniques that evaluate student learning; and more.

Wednesday, Jul 19 (12-1:15 pm)
Introduction to fundraising planning (Candid Learning)
Does your organization need help directing its fundraising efforts? Planning focuses your organization by setting fundraising priorities and helps give staff and board members a roadmap to success.

Wednesday, Jul 19 (3-4 pm)
Shannon’s Summer Series on Leadership: Part II: Technology Integration (Follett)
In the second of Shannon’s Summer Series on Leadership, join Shannon McClintock Miller as she invites Adam Phyall to the conversation, Be A Library Leader Through Technology Integration and Digital Literacy. Shannon and Adam will discuss the role librarians can take in leading technology integration and digital literacy within school districts and from the library.

Thursday, Jul 20 (9-10am)
Leader Talk: Upskilling and Reskilling for the Future of Your Workforce (Training Industry)
With the shelf life of skills shrinking, organizations must prioritize continuous skills development to ensure employees have the skills they need to be successful in their roles. Learning leaders must work to identify and close skills gaps across the business to effectively upskill and reskill employees for the future of work. Join us in this Training Industry Leader Talk to gain key insights on how to create a continuous learning culture and strategically close skills gaps in your organization.

Thursday, Jul 20 (10-11am)
DEI and Its Increasing Importance to Funders (Nonprofit Learning Lab)
Learn why focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is just as important of a fund development strategy as it is a social imperative. Learn how organizations that focus on DEI are raising more funds and are on the trend to raise even more in the future. Engage in a conversation about why focusing on DEI at your staff level is not enough. Learn why focusing on DEI across your organization, from your staff to your board to your supplier/vendor policies, has become more important to funders. Engaging in DEI intentionally and holistically takes time, investment, and planning. If you are not yet on the DEI track and need a fund development reason to get on the track, this webinar is for you. If you are already on your DEI journey, learn how to maximize your funding opportunities by telling your story. In this webinar, there will be actionable steps for organizations at every stage of their DEI journey.

Thursday, Jul 20 (10-11 am)
Freedom to Parent 21st Century Kids (EveryLibrary Institute)
Under the guise of “parents’ rights,” extremist politicians and outside groups are fear mongering about social and emotional learning, comprehensive sex education, race in U.S. history, and more than ever, gender issues – all with the goal of gaining political power and undermining trust in public education and our democracy.

Thursday, Jul 20 (11am-12pm)
Grant Writing with a Purpose (TechSoup)
Join us and our special guest panelist, Lindsay Jordan, founder of WriteOn Fundraising, as we discuss how to develop effective grant proposal strategies to meet the needs of those who are looking to scale technology products and or services. Those attending this session will leave having gained stronger insights into what it takes to craft winning grant proposals.

Thursday, Jul 20 (11-12 pm)
How to Turn Event Attendees into Long-Term Donors (Charity Village)
Hosting fundraising events and campaigns is great, but what next? How do you turn event attendees into longtime donors for your organization? In this webinar, we’re breaking down the three steps to secure more longtime supporters for your cause. But the best part is these tactics will also allow you to raise more money for your next fundraiser too.

Thursday, Jul 20 (12-1 pm)
Create Your Holiday Marketing Plan (Wyoming Small Business Development Center [SBDC])
We may have just gotten rid of the snow and ice in Wyoming so thinking about your holiday marketing plan might seem a little soon, but July is the perfect time to start planning your holiday season. Evaluating your holiday marketing strategy in July allows you to step back and look at that critical season more objectively so you can make a plan based on data and strategy. The topics covered in this webinar may apply to holiday planning but can be applied to any time of the year as well.

Thursday, Jul 20 (12-1 pm)
Fund Your Impact With Sponsors (Bloomerang)
This webinar is for beginners to intermediate nonprofit organizations in securing event sponsorships. In this webinar, participants will learn foundational strategies to position their organization to identify contacts, pitch with confidence, and build partnerships.

Thursday, Jul 20 (12-1 pm)
Cartographic Resources from the Federal Government: A Roadmap to your Geospatial Destinations (Federal Depository Library Program)
This webinar will introduce you to some of the most commonly used cartographic resources made available by the U.S. Government. We’ll also explore a quick workflow on how to field cartographic related reference questions that will help point you to the right print or digital Government mapping resource.

Thursday, Jul 20 (1-3 pm)
Homelessness and Inclusion Health (Network of the National Library of Medicine)
The interactions between homelessness and health are complex. Having a greater understanding of these interactions, of complex trauma, historical trauma including racism, and the negative effects of social exclusion on health is essential for librarians and others in supportive roles. Evidence-based interventions like inclusion health, health through housing, and health literacy supportive education, help to improve the health and life trajectories of people experiencing homelessness. Brief case studies and discussion of the role of librarians will be included in this presentation.

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